The New York Giants, as it stands now, are entering the 2013 season with primarily free agent acquisition Dan Connor and Mark Herzlich as the two competing for the middle linebacker position. So far in his career, Connor hasn’t really done much in his tenures with the Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers. This could be a fresh start for Connor, and it starts by winning the starting linebacker position.
Herzlich, as many of you know, has been an inspiration, dominating at Boston College early in his college career before Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form a cancer, put his life and football career in jeopardy. Herzlich was able to sign a deal with the Giants after going undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft. He has been valuable on special teams as well, showing great instincts covering the field.
The Giants are not content with having those two compete for the starting linebacker job, especially with a couple of names still floating in free agency. The name heard about often lately has been former Miami Dolphins’ LB Karlos Dansby. Dansby signed a big deal with the Dolphins in the 2010 offseason after six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. He is by far the best available middle linebacker on the market.
The Giants also intend on bringing in former Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders’ LB Aaron Curry, younger brother of former Raiders and New York Jets’ LB Eric Barton. Curry was the fourth overall draft pick by the Seahawks in the 2009 NFL Draft, but he has been a disappointment so far in the NFL.
The Giants will probably bring in other free agent middle linebackers in the near future to provide the best competition possible at that position. It’s not a field of great names, but competition can bring out the best in players which should bode well for whoever wins the job.